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New York whitewater, Saw Kill River

Ulster county, Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-V     5.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Kingston, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Ulster County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater paddling here in the Catskill Mountains is a great experience.
    The Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The Meads Mountain Road bridge
to Chestnut Hill Road section of Saw Kill River is 5.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-V section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The average  
New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
The Willow Trail offers hiking at its best; hey, Gotta ski right? Hunter Mountain is a magnificent spot to do that. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Catskill Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Phoenicia Trail, and if you're going to from Woodstock, you won't be the only one. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure.

Saw Kill River, Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Saw Kill River.
 Whitewater Near Saw Kill River:
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Plattekill Creek, Greene / Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Platte Clove Road to West Saugerties)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Beaver Kill River, Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 212 bridge below Willow to Kaaterskill)
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Stony Clove Creek, Greene/ Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Confluence of Warner Creek and Siver Creek to Esopus River)
Shingle Kill River, Greene County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 8 miles long (Round Top to Catskill Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Saw Kill River:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 10 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 15 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Belleayre, New York , 26 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 38 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 40 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 46 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 50 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Saw Kill River:
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 11 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Saw Kill River:
Sunview Motel LLC, Union , 8 miles away
Hurley Stone House, Hurley , 8 miles away
Rodeway Inn Skytop, Kingston , 8 miles away
Superlodge, Kingston , 9 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Kingston , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saw Kill River:
Devils Tombstone, Willow, 7 miles away
Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties, 8 miles away
Rip Van winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Saw Kill River:
Willow Trail, Ulster , 9 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 10 miles away
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 11 miles away
Kanape Jeep Trail, Ulster , 14 miles away
Vernooy Falls Trail, Ulster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saw Kill River:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 17 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 20 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saw Kill River:
Onteora Club, Tannersville , 7 miles away
Colonial Country Club, Tannersville , 8 miles away
Kessman Herbert N, Kingston , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Saw Kill River
Cooper Lake, Ulster , 4 miles away
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 5 miles away
Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster , 8 miles away

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